By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The nominee for the Chairmanship position on the board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Pius Odubu has assured that the incoming board if confirmed by the senate will be committed to repositioning the NDDC for the good of the people.
Odubu who stated this Thursday after undergoing screening for the position by the Senate Committee on NDDC, said he was committed to changing the narratives via rebranding of the Commission.
This he said wound be realised with the efforts and support of the National Assembly joint committee on NDDC.
He said: “Looking at the caliber of people that President assembled to form this board this time around, I make bold to say that we intend to pursue aggressively to go accordingly to the core mandate of the NDDC Act.
“We will embark on aggressive and even development of the Niger Delta area. We also wish to adopt a new system, that is we shall go to the stakeholders, meet with them, talk to them, get to know what their needs are and not the commission deciding the needs of the community.
“The stakeholders will be carried along and you find out when the people are carried along you are bound to do well.
“We shall also engage in an aggressive monitoring by establishing a monitoring unit that will inspect every project of the commission to ensure that they deliver accordingly to specifics. We will ensure that we pass to the state representatives plans of every project of the commission and they will go on project inspection.
“We will also ensure that there is due process, probity and accountability. We intend to do a lot on human development based on increasing level of youth restiveness in the region.
“This is because there are so many cases of youth unemployment in the area and we will do everything within our power to ensure that the youths are employed. If we succeed the restiveness will be brought to the barest minimum.
“I have implicit confidence in God that he will help us to reposition the commission”.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari, had in a letter dated Oct 18, forwarded the list of nominees for the board and management of the NDDC.
President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan who had announced the list at plenary on Oct 29, directed the senate committee to conduct the screening of the nominees and report back in one week.
The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Peter Nwaboshi (PDP Delta) had in his opening remark at the screening said the committee was mandated to screen the nominees by the senate.
He urged the nominees to avoid being apprehensive in the screening exercise, saying, “The senate would extend its tradition of asking the nominees who had legislative experience to be excused from questions”.